An Interactive session with Ms. Siya Shruti, Topper of Bihar Judiciary 2019 with indianlegalsolution.com
Siya Shruti is the first woman to have topped the Bihar Judicial Service exam since 2009.
Q. What made you choose the judiciary as a career option, even though you had an established career.
Judiciary has always been my aim, I cleared CLAT and got admission in CNLU, Patna. After my graduation, I got a placement in Amarchand Mangal Das(Tier I Law firm). I hadn’t really started my preparation for Judicial Services in my five years. After my graduation I started working in Amarchand law firm, later I shifted to another medico-legal firm. After working for 2 years I felt this is not my cup of tea and I belong somewhere else. That is when I decided to quit the job and in 2018 started preparing for the judicial services exam.
Q2. What was the strategy you adopted to prepare for this exam? Did you face any difficulty in preparing for this?
Yes, for this exam the syllabus is very vast. I took one year just to complete the syllabus. I was attempting for other state exams but I was fully focused on my home state, Bihar Judicial Services Exam. I kept myself thorough with the syllabus, solved previous papers. And I gave equal focus to General Knowledge paper and Law, where generally people focus only on Law, neglecting general knowledge paper.
Q3. What made you a topper and different from a qualifier?
I did not do selective study, because I thought this would make the difference, so I completed the tiniest of the topics which are not asked generally but this time there was a difference in the paper, compared to the previous one. A very rare kind of question was asked, for example from commercial laws, etc., and that benefited me in the exam.
Q4. Did your University study influence you to take this decision?
No, in my college days I have focused mainly on my academics, and the faculty in CNLU was also very supportive and they would resolve any queries. I was a batch topper and have represented my university in many international moots like Stetson International Moot, where we were quarter-finalists and won Best Team award, and also involved in the editorial board which preoccupied my schedule. And I haven’t started my preparation, though it was in the back of my head.
Q5. What message do you want to give to the future Law and judicial Aspirants?
For Judiciary aspirants, mainly I would like to tell them to be honest and dedicated not just in the words but really with all the heart, if you want to crack the exam you need to focus on one state exam. You need to finish the exam and keep trying for that particular state exam only.
For the Lawyers, I would suggest doing the work they love. Don’t go for the job, but go for the career.